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12-22-2016 12:55 PM

I’m buillding a cart for my new benchtop drill press. I’ve spent enough on the cart itself that I’m hoping I could get away with 2” casters to save a few bucks. What do all think?

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#1 posted 12-22-2016 01:27 PM

I did the same for a floor drill press using 2” locking casters. Works ok to me. Obviously make a way to keep it from rolling around when using it.

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#2 posted 12-22-2016 01:47 PM

As long as your floor is smooth and the base/cart is not too heavy 2” casters will be fine. The problem is that most of the cheap casters, even the locking kind can still move because they can still swivel even though the wheel is locked. I put some 2.5” double locking casters on my drill press stand that I got on sale at Woodcraft a couple of years ago. They are a little pricey but WC puts them on sale periodically and they are some of the best casters I have ever used. Of course I think that I have only moved it once in the last 2 years so in hindsight, I am not sure that the casters were even necessary.

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#3 posted 12-22-2016 01:52 PM

Walk in to Harbor Freight, and then walk back out with the casters you need….

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#4 posted 12-22-2016 02:36 PM

When I have put cheap casters on something, I have regretted it.

I have 3” Woodcraft double locking casters on almost everything. They work great even with heavier loads and over some debris on the floor and for a long time.

On something like you are building, good caster which lock easily is a good idea.

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#5 posted 12-22-2016 03:53 PM

I m buillding a cart for my new benchtop drill press. I ve spent enough on the cart itself that I m hoping I could get away with 2” casters to save a few bucks. What do all think?

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#6 posted 12-22-2016 04:13 PM

I use 2-1/2” double-locking casters for infrequently moved tool carts in my shop. For the more often used carts, or ones that will need to roll over cords or debris, I use these 4” double-locking casters. They are fantastic, and pretty reasonable too…
Sometimes I’ll even use the swivel type casters on all four corners, for extra maneuverability.

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#7 posted 12-22-2016 04:13 PM

Walk in to Harbor Freight, and then walk back out with the casters you need….

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#8 posted 12-22-2016 04:36 PM

For my drill press cabinet, I used the mobile base sold by Harbor Freight. In fact, I have one for the drum sander and the band saw.


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#9 posted 12-22-2016 05:32 PM

Sooo…the price tag is a sign of quality, the bigger the price, the more “quality” it is supposed to have?

Sounds like that old saying..

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#10 posted 12-22-2016 05:50 PM

HF Casters work fine and are inexpensive… I’ve seen the exact same casters in other stores for two to three times the price. Also, if you don’t need locking casters… you can get their 1000 pound movers dolly for cheap and use the 3” casters on it for other purposes. There is a ‘super coupon’ on their website now for $7.49, or less than $2 a caster. Their mobile base is also a good option… I have one under a small table saw and it works just fine – but you have to supply your own hardwood runners for it. About $30 w/a 20% off coupon.


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#11 posted 12-22-2016 06:47 PM

I used 2” casters on the first tool cart I made. After that, all the others got 3” casters and I replaced the casters on the first cart as well. I use double locking swivel casters on the front of the cart only and non-locking swivel casters on the back to save a few bucks. The larger casters make things a lot easier to move. And I was glad to have that extra inch a couple years ago when the sump pump failed! The only issue I have found with this caster arrangement is that I have to make sure the locked front casters are positioned parallel to the direction of feed to avoid any slippage.

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#12 posted 12-22-2016 06:57 PM

Well, it seems this post solicited lots of opinions. Looks like I’m going to spend the extra few bucks and get heavy duty 3” double locking. Can I assume that when I look at the weight rating for a caster I multiply it by four to get the total weight?

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#13 posted 12-23-2016 01:05 AM

Lowes and Home both have these in 3” for around $8.50
These are some out standing casters.

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#14 posted 12-23-2016 05:41 PM

Casters are hard to spec if you don’t have experience with them.

On a smooth and flat surface you can use a lower spec but on rough surfaces you want the biggest wheel you can fit so that they will roll over cracks or debris. In terms of weight rating, take your maximum load, add any downward force you might apply to the press and then double it. On a rough surface or going over debris, often the entire load will be supported by just two casters so you have to spec it for two casters to carry the load. If your center of gravity is offset you might have to go even higher than that on the heavy side.

Always err on the side of caution because busting a caster when you are trying to move something is a disaster and it is useless to have casters that won’t roll because they are too small.

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#15 posted 12-23-2016 05:46 PM

Gotta agree with Pinto and htl here. I’ve used these 4” casters on my super heavy table saw station and my planer cart and they work flawlessly. Smooth rolling and double locking. For the price, worth every penny.

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